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Welcome! Whether you are a Penn State Alum or friend of the campus, we welcome you to the Alumni & Friends section of our campus website. The information provided will give you an overview of the many ways you can support Penn State Schuylkill and how we can support you. Please know that you are welcome to visit anytime or contact us if we may be of service to you.

Patricia Troy Shoener, MBA
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

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Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society 2014

The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society welcomed two new members to the board at their May 2014 meeting. These members include – Karen Beruck '07, '11 and Greg Wisloski '87. 

In addition, the board voted in the following officers for 2014 – 2015, David Gonzalez, ’02,’03,’04, president, Jeffrey Vrabel, ’81, vice president, and Sallie Sandler, ’86, ‘99g, secretary/treasurer.

Emily Bear
Emily R. Bear - 2014 Alumni Achievement Award recipient at Penn State University

Emily R. Bear is a 2006 graduate from Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing, Pottsville, PA. She later pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State World Campus and completed pre-medical requisites at Penn State Schuylkill and Berks Campuses. She is a staff nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network on the Transitional Trauma Unit. In 2012-2013, Emily took a leave of absence from her staff nurse position and spent eight weeks in Conakry, Guinea Africa volunteering as a vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula nurse aboard the Africa Mercy Ship. She learned transcultural nursing firsthand and was able to share her experiences with her formal School of Nursing at their all day seminar.

Emily has been a trauma nurse for over seven years and has been an active member on the unit’s Performance Improvement and Practice Committee. She has recently joined the Nightshift Nurse Council representing medical-surgical nurses and has spent numerous hours as a nurse preceptor to senior nursing students and nursing graduates. In 2008, she presented at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurse’s conference on an insulin infusion protocol.

In 2013, Emily and fellow laboratory partners were published e-Version in the International Journal of Chemistry for their research in organic chemistry. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Society of Trauma Nurses, and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Emily also belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Alpha Sigma Lambda, Phi Delta Chi member. In 2004, Emily was the recipient of Penn State Schuylkill’s first collegiate public speaking competition. She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Campus award nominations
Penn State Schuylkill seeks nominations for campus awards

The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society is accepting nominations for the following awards :

  • The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is awarded to a Penn State Schuylkill alumnus who has achieved success in his/her chosen field and/or within their community. Qualifications for consideration require that the nominee for this award be 35 years of age or younger.
  • The Penn State Schuylkill Spirit Award is open to graduates and friends of the University excluding current members of the Board of Trustees.  The award is intended to honor an individual for their significant contributions in the area of public service, and who share or volunteer his or her talent, time and resources on behalf of the University.
  • The Honorary Ambassador Award is given by the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society to honor people who are not graduates of Penn State University and have made significant contributions towards its welfare, reputation, or prestige.  The award is given only when the Alumni Society wishes to honor an exceptional person.
  • The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor that the Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society bestows upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus.  The award recognizes and salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater. 

For an application, please contact Patty Shoener at pts11@psu.edu or 570-385-6262. 

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Penn State Day at Knoebels Amusement Resort

Mark your calendar to join us for the sixth annual "Penn State Day at Knoebels" on Saturday, May 16, 2015, for a day of fun, food, and fantasy! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon.  Contact Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or pts11@psu.edu if you have any questions.